2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Fort Sumner, NM - Sumner Lake State Park - site 6

Fort Sumner, NM - Sumner Lake State Park - site 6, another...

Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 0 - our route -...

Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 1

Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 2

Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 3

Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 4

Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 5

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Lake Cochiti COE to Fort Sumner, NM 8 - Lake Sumner


It was a pleasant, short 179 mile trip from Lake Cochiti COE to Lake Sumner State Park, NM. The scenery was much of the same high desert scenery we have been driving through since we left Carson City, NV so there were not many pictures of the trip. We are staying at Lake Sumner State Park which is about 17 miles northwest of Fort Sumner, NM. We have 30 amps and water with a dump on the way out. We have 4G Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. We came mostly because Doris wanted to feed the deer again. When we were here two years ago she managed to gather 24 deer by the time we left. No such luck this year! Friday morning we had four come close but they were skittish and when a camper down the road came out with their dog, the deer were gone. The campground filled up Friday and we haven't seen any deer since!

Friday, my Aunt Eulene and I went into Fort Sumner, leaving Doris at the Mothership to bake us some goodies. First we went to the Billy the Kid Museum which is one of the best museums I have seen. Besides the Billy the Kid stuff, they had rooms and rooms of old nostalgic items from saddles to rifles to radios and typewriters and all kinds of things. It took about three hours to go through it fast!

We then went out to the Bosque Redondo Memorial about five miles south of Fort Sumner. This is not only the site of the former Fort Sumner, it is also the location of the Bosque Redondo Reservation where about 500 Mescalero Apaches and 8,500 Navajo were kept for just a few years before being allowed to go back to their homeland. The memorial is for the many that died while they were kept there and the Long Walk the Navajo endured getting to Bosque Redondo. It was also the site, after the fort had been closed and the buildings purchased by a land baron, where Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881.

Saturday and Sunday were spent doing what I do best, watching football. Unfortunately, our Gators, couldn't overcome their offensive shortcoming and we lost.

Tomorrow, we head for Caprock State Park in Texas.

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